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Unstoppable: Connor McDavid © APA / ETHAN MILLER

McDavid and Draisaitl score twice: Oilers level series

The Edmonton Oilers around superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have evened their NHL playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights to 1-1 after victories.

On Saturday (local time) the Oilers dominated the second game of the best-of-seven series in the North American league away from home with 5:1 (4:0, 1:0, 0:1). McDavid and Draisaitl came out trumps. After his four-pack in the lost opening game, the German scored twice and scored his 13th goal in the eighth playoff game of the season. In more than 100 years, no NHL player has scored more times in the first eight playoff games. After a total of 45 playoff games in his NHL career, the Cologne native now has 30 goals - in the Oilers' club history, only ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky reached this mark faster - namely after 37 games.


Draisaitl took the lead 1-0 after two and a half minutes on the power play and then made it 16-4 after 0 minutes of play. The Oilers also scored from the power play to make it 2-0, and they made it 3-0 when they were outnumbered. “In the playoffs, the special teams can win you games,” said Draisaitl about the three goals in which there were not five against five skaters on the ice. “We build on situations like this and develop some power play opportunities.” No team in the current playoffs is more accurate from the power play than the Oilers.

Leon Draisaitl is in outstanding form. © APA / ETHAN MILLER


In addition to Draisaitl, his co-star McDavid also scored twice, including in the power play in the 5-0 victory. The Canadian also provided an assist. With the away win, the Oilers secured home advantage; the third game of the second round series will take place on the European night of Tuesday in Edmonton.

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